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Lagro - Yesterday, at approximately 2:25 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 24 near County Road 300 East, in which a Peru man died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez revealed that Timothy Martin, 48, Peru, IN was driving a 2018 Yun motor scooter eastbound on U.S. 24 near Wabash County Road 300 East. Stephanie Smith, 28, Andrews, IN was driving a 2003 Subaru eastbound on U.S. 24 near County 300 East. For a yet to be determined reason, The Subaru rear-ended the scooter, ejecting Martin.

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Howard County – Thursday, a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Mike Lorona resulted in the arrest of Wesley Smith, 25, Kokomo, IN on two felony charges of child molestation.

Detective Lorona started an investigation after receiving information, from the Cass County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services, that a Howard County girl had possibly been molested. Detective Lorona’s investigation revealed that Smith had allegedly committed a sexual act on a then five-year-old girl. The alleged crime occurred at a Howard County home in 2018.

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Delphi, Indiana - Early this afternoon Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter spoke with members of the Delphi community and interested media to share the change in direction of the Delphi double murder investigation of Abigail (Abby) Williams and Liberty (Libby) German. This investigation has been ongoing since the discovery of the girls' bodies, the early afternoon of February 14, 2017, in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, about a half mile upstream from the high bridge.

Today, a new sketch of the suspect, appearing to be in his mid-twenties to mid-thirties and believed responsible for the murders of the girls, was shared with the Delphi community and media. As the investigation has progressed, information has been continuously reviewed and examined and this sketch more accurately depicts the face of the suspect from the video recorded on Liberty German's cell phone while she and Abigail were on the High Bridge.

Also shared with the Delphi community was more of the audio, as well as previously unreleased video from Libby's phone. The sketch, audio, and video footage can be viewed at this Indiana State Police website link: https://www.in.gov/isp/delphi.htm

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Indianapolis, IN- Today, Probationary Trooper Derek Rine, from the Indiana State Police Peru District, received his police car and will start solo road patrol. Rine is a member of the 78th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy class which graduated in December of 2018. The 78th recruit class recently completed three months of field training. They were issued their state police cars during a ceremony held at the Indiana State Police Youth Education and Historical Center in Indianapolis.

Prior to starting three months of field training, members of the 78th recruit class, while in the police academy, completed a 22 week training period. They received over 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 400 hours of hands-on practical scenario-based training. Some areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.

Probationary Trooper Derek Rine is a native of Lewisburg, PA and a 2007 graduate of the Penn View Christian Academy in Penns Creek, PA. He studied criminal justice at Liberty University and is a staff sergeant in the Indiana National Guard. Rine has a served a combat tour as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He will patrol primarily in Fulton County. He currently resides in Cass County with his wife and three children.

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Wabash – This afternoon, the investigation of a reported bomb threat at the Wabash County Judicial Center, in Wabash, IN, led to the arrest of Chad Miller, 28, Wabash, IN. Indiana State Police Detective Josh Maller served Miller a Wabash Circuit Court arrest warrant alleging two felony charges for false reporting and intimidation where a threat is to commit a forcible felony. The warrant was served at the Wabash County Jail where Miller was being held on unrelated charges.

On March 11, 2019, Detective Maller initiated an investigation after an employee of a local Wabash, IN business allegedly found a note indicating a threat of explosion to the Wabash Judicial Center located at 69 West Hill Street, Wabash, IN. The employee found the reported note, at approximately 5:00 a.m., near the main entrance of the business. This prompted a callout of the Indiana State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team to search the Wabash Judicial Center. No suspicious devices were located.

Through various investigative techniques, Detective Maller developed enough probable cause to be granted an arrest warrant for Miller. During the course of the investigation, Detective Maller found out that Miller was supposed to appear in court on the morning of the alleged bomb threat. Miller failed to appear, prompting the judge to issue a warrant for his arrest. Miller was arrested for that warrant on March 15, 2019.

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Wabash County – Recently an Indiana State Police investigation into the alleged murder of Alexis Serrano, 21, Indianapolis, IN has led to the arrests of Jose Guadelupe Maya-Sandoval, 36, Ft. Wayne, IN and Gerardo Ruiz-Aviles, 33, Indianapolis, IN. Both men were served with a Wabash Circuit Court arrest warrant alleging a single count of murder.

On June 28, 2018, Indiana State Police detectives started a criminal investigation after the body of a deceased male, later identified as Alexis Serrano, was located in a wooded area of the Mississinewa State Forest. Serrano’s body was found near Wabash County Road 1100 South and Wabash County Road 450 West by people walking to an area to go fishing. Further investigation revealed that Serrano had been reported missing to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on June 6, 2018.

An autopsy conducted on July 1, 2018, revealed that Serrano’s death was a homicide.

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Peru – Recently, 54 probationary troopers from the 78th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy graduated. Two of the officers are assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post and have started three months of field training with veteran officers.

The probationary troopers graduated from the 78th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on December 13, 2018. During their 22 week training period they received over 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 400 hours of hands-on practical scenario-based training. Some areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing. These officers are now assigned to train with veteran troopers for the next 13 weeks before being released on solo patrol.

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Peru – Wednesday morning, a criminal investigation by officers from the Indiana State Police and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force resulted in the arrest of Noel Berry, 60 Peru IN. Berry was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face eight felony charges for possession of child pornography.

Officers initiated a criminal investigation after receiving a tip, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about Berry possibly possessing a nude image of a child. During the course of the investigation, officers developed probable cause to obtain a search warrant for a residence at 513 Monroe Avenue, Peru, IN. This is the home where Berry resided. During their search, and forensic examination of Berry's computers and telecommunication devices, officers allegedly found eight separate images of child pornography.